Steelers news: Mason Rudolph not expected to play in Week 17 vs. Ravens
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Report: Steelers’ Mason Rudolph not expected to play in Week 17 vs. Ravens

Mason Rudolph

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph is not expected to play against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17 as he deals with a left shoulder injury, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

With Rudolph not being able to go, it means that Devlin Hodges will get another start while Paxton Lynch will serve as the backup. The Steelers can still make the playoffs with a win or loss but they need help either way.

If the Steelers win against the Ravens, all they need is the Tennessee Titans to lose. If they lose they need the Titans to lose, and the Colts to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville.

Hodges was benched in the Steelers’ last game against the New York Jets but returned after Rudolph was knocked out of the game because of injury. After the game, Mike Tomlin said that Hodges was sent to the bench because he wasn’t taking care of the ball like he needed to.

“Take care of the ball or we have decisions to make,” Tomlin told reporters, via ESPN.com. “Duck didn’t take care of the ball, so we made a decision. … Mason’s health is an element of the equation.”

Hodges has shown some signs of being a solid quarterback, but he has also had real issues with interceptions. In seven games, Hodges has thrown for 968 yards, five touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

Against the Ravens, if the Steelers want any chance to come away with a win, Hodges needs to take care of the ball and stop throwing interceptions.